Algal Bloom Data Viewer Online Now
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 8, 2015 Stakeholders have a new, easy way to look at harmful algal bloom (HABs) data this summer. The Great Lakes Observing System is coordinating information from sensors placed throughout the Western Lake Erie basin via the Lake Erie HABs Monitoring Network, and presenting them through a convenient online viewer.
“This coordination is a direct result of needs identified during last year’s water quality crisis in Toledo,” said Kelli Paige, GLOS executive director. “We received lots of feedback that people wanted to see something simple and collaborative, with the top benchmarks all in one place.”
The Lake Erie HABs Monitoring Network includes a diverse range of water quality stakeholders. Those include municipal water treatment facilities, such as Ottawa County, Avon Lake, Toledo, Oregon, Marblehead, and Put In Bay. The Network also includes academic institutions, with Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo and Ohio State University adding information as well as federal data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory sensors and private data from LimnoTech.
Users can access the HABs Data Viewer at habs.glos.us. The top file on the left allows a viewer to access summary data for each location, and then go down deeper into specifics by location, including turbidity, chlorophyll and blue-green algae. Tabs across the top of the left side menu afford even more views. To watch a video of the viewer in action, go to: http://bit.ly/1LRV9tc
The HABs Data Viewer, developed by the GLOS data management team led by LimnoTech, joins a list of useful GLOS data tools designed to let users interact with a variety of real-time datasets from across the Great Lakes.